Very few committed Christians out of nowhere just up and decide to turn their backs on Christ and backslide into the world. The title of this article is not meant to be foolish or to deal with this subject lightly but it is meant to be provoking.
People that turn away from Christ do it willfully. The following is five steps are things you want to avoid if you don’t want to backslide and find yourself in sin and the world. But again if you want to leave Christ and go into the world the following 5 tips are the way to do it.
1. By Allowing Questionable Things In Your Life — Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth (Rom 14:22).
Guard your conscience and keep it pure. If something is questionable, don’t do it. Other can by you may not. Be willing to die before you commit a willful or known sin.
Don’t live after the flesh for if you live after the flesh you will die spiritually (be separated from God). The flesh wars against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. This is the Christian warfare. War a good battle.
2. Expose Yourself To Iniquity — And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold (Mat 24:12).
Being where Rock and Roll is played. Seeing immodestly dressed people (beach/mall/etc). Reading/listening/watching news about immoral behavior (celebrity lives, immoral crimes, immoral behavior, sex crimes). Looking over the personal ads in the news paper. Going on the Internet. Watching TV.
All these things will expose you to iniquity and eat away at your spiritual life.
3. Lose Sight Of Your Personal Spiritual Needs — Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing (Rev 3:17).
We should be very mindful of our personal spiritual needs. You should be able to quickly list off the top 5 areas in your life where you need help. You must pray regularly for your needs.
We should always be open to instruction, exhortation, correction, and rebuke. We need to be low in our own eyes and hold our own opinion in low esteem. We should be willing to have our opinion and our way set aside and be happy with that.
4. Comparing Yourself With Others — But they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise (2Cor 10:12).
It is very unwise you justify yourself by looking at the weaknesses of others where you are strong and feeling like you are doing well. We are to compare ourself to Jesus, then we will always fall short.
Find Christians that are shinning examples in the areas you are weak and ask them to pray for you and show you how to do better. If you lack in your prayer life find some one that is a praying person. You lack in your burden for souls find a spiritual person that is out laboring for the Lord. Notice the person that brings lots of visitors with them to church meeting and ask them to instruct you how you can do this. Follow them as they follow Jesus!
5. Lack Of Watching And Praying — Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation (Mat 26:41).
We much spend much time in personal pray. We must gather together with God’s children as much as we can for public prayer. Early Saturday morning prayer, pre-service Sunday prayer, Wednesday night Bible study prayer.
When we gather together with the saints we should open in prayer and ask God to bless our time together. We should end our evening in prayer. When we get up, when we retire, when be go out, when we come in, before we eat, after we eat, when we go for a drive, when we come back from a drive. Our lives must be a life of prayer.
Get your congregation directory and pray through it regularly. Take it with you and when you are driving go through it and pray for each man, women, and child.
Bathe all your efforts for the Lord with prayer. Pray for the people you deal with at the grocery store, the people you meet, pray pray pray and then pray some more.
Watch and be careful. Heed the warnings by still quiet voice of the Spirit of God with care. Be careful around those of the opposite gender. Be careful that you don’t grieve the Spirit of God.
Come to the throne of grace that you may find grace to help in a time of need.